Microbes feed the world! ~ Lucy Reese, Farm Manager
What if I told you there was a world below the ground, filled with invisible life? You may be thinking of the underworld, but I am thinking of soil microbes. If you weighed all the life above ground and all the life below ground, they would be roughly equal. Although they look the same to the naked eye (invisible!), the genetic diversity underground is extensive. Some microbiologists believe it is greater than that above ground.
Yet no one knows very much about life underground. It is simply too complex and too microscopic to monitor. One thing we do know, however, is that it is important. Very important. Without teeming, invisible communities, nothing would decompose or digest, and plants wouldn't grow. While a select few microbes do make us sick, the vast majority are neutral, helpful or essential.
Farmers spend a great deal of time nurturing and protecting soil fungus and bacteria, and it rewards us in turn with food. To help our friends underground, we reduce tillage, keep the soil covered and eliminate toxic inputs. We even inoculate potting soil with fungus and legume seeds with bacteria. In return, these microbes act almost like a plant's stomach. They feed digested nitrogen, potassium, water and micro-nutrients to crops. They are so important that the Society for General MicroBiology claims “Microbs will feed the world!” Indeed, they have been doing so for millions of years.
Recipe of the Week
One bunch collard greens (chopped and de-stemmed) or brussels sprout tops (chopped)
One bunch turnip greens, chopped and de-stemmed
3 cloves garlic, minced.
5 large fresh tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons oil or butter
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 hot pepper, diced
1 pound sausages, sliced into bite sized pieces
2 cups yellow onion, diced
1 pinch of allspice
6 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Sautee onions, garlic and herbs for 3-5 minutes. Add sausage, cook till it releases fat. Add broth, tomatoes, hot pepper, salt, black pepper, allspice, and bring to simmer. Add greens and simmer for 15 minutes, or until your desired consistency.
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